Name: Ryan Wilk
Title: VP of customer success, NuData Security, a Mastercard company
Why Nominated: Ryan Wilk's influence and expertise have helped many of the world's top brands thwart online fraud and prevent the repurposing of stolen data for account takeover, synthetic account creation, and other exploits. As someone who has worked years in the merchant side before moving to the vendor side, Wilk has a unique understanding of what is important for companies and their customers, and the best solution to reach these goals.
Profile: Wilk has a wealth of experience enabling merchants, eCommerce organizations, financial institutions, and others offering online services to protect and secure their customer accounts. He helps them integrate solutions that devalue stolen data without adding friction on legitimate customers.
He works hand in hand with project leaders at the world's largest and most fraud-targeted brands to ensure the safety of their data and ongoing integrity of their defenses against online fraud. He does this by helping them successfully implement next-generation technologies such as behavioral analysis and passive biometrics.
What colleagues say:
“Ryan has proven himself to be an expert in cybersecurity while leading change in such an unpredictable environment. His passion and dedication are an inspiration to us all. He is unselfish in his willingness to share his knowledge and best practices to ensure the industry is well-informed of the ongoing risks and effective strategies to mitigate these risks while improving the customer experience. Wilk is committed to always doing the right thing for his customers regardless of the outcome. He has demonstrated on multiple occasions that his creativity and drive can create avenues to overcome the most complex of barriers. From my personal and professional experience with John, no better person can demonstrate a commitment to achieving targets laid out before him with such an unwavering devotion to high-quality service.”
- Jad Mikhail, Manager of Risk Management Operations at Kohl's
“Ryan simply possesses all the qualities of an impactful influencer in the field of cybersecurity. It all starts with his stellar ability to listen and process the most demanding, multi-dimensional issues faced by the industry. He proficiently determines the heart of the problem, sensibly translates it into a strategic plan, and translates into a coherent communication easily understood by all. I can't think of anyone more suitable to start a wonderful friendship and tackle the most challenging cybersecurity issue.”
- Michael Chang, Vice President, Commercial Electronic Office Security & Authentication, Wells Fargo